During the summer months we acquire and dry numerous different flowers and petals to use in our wand cores. This means that we can provide a wide range of options throughout the year. One of my favourite flowers is the daffodil, just because it’s so symbolic of spring. The yellow flower in the photos above is a daffodil and is the current core in my wand.
Using flowers inside the cores presents two principal difficulties. The first is that the size of our cores means that we are unable to fit many whole flowers into them. Instead what we often do, and what we did with the daffodil core above, is to take sections of the petals. Not only does this mean that we can use larger flowers, but the individual petals develop a semi-translucency in the resin which means that all of the vein details on the petals become visible and beautiful. This single petal, or sections of a petal, effect is something we often use with flowers such as roses or tulips.
In contrast there are some flowers which we can include inside the cores whole. I am not actually sure what the whole flower is in the core above, please let us know if you do, but they grow in abundance in my garden. These flowers present the second key difficulty with including flowers in cores, which is to remove the moisture. In order to ensure that the resin cores set, all moisture has to be taken out of the flowers without destroying their appearance. The whole flower core above is a demonstration of how lovely one simple flower can look and it reminds me a little bit of the single rose in Beauty and the Beast.
Many of our wand cores are floral and it is also possible to include both a flower and something else. Having unicorn hair (for which we use white horse hair which is beautiful but very subtle) combined with petals is popular as they provide a bit of punch and colour. If there is a special flower you would love to know if you can include in a core please don’t hesitate to get in touch.